Simon Odera Owino
Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
PO Box 110880
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32611-0880
- MSc, Cell and Molecular Biology, Maseno University, Kenya, 2007
- PhD, Immunology and Infectious Disease, The University of Georgia, 2012
Dr. Simon Odera Owino is an experienced research professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in parasitology, research design, molecular biology, cell culture, and genetic engineering, Dr. Owino is a strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Infectious Diseases from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Owino’s current research mainly focuses on immunological crosstalk within the fetal-maternal interphase during malaria infection. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Owino harvests and cultures primary trophoblast cells, which are placental cells in contact with maternal blood, as well as maintains an immortalized cell line, BeWo, used as mimics for primary trophoblast. In addition to the work detailed above, Dr. Owino uses a mouse model designed to understand the course and impact of malaria infection during pregnancy. He is also interested in understanding intricate processes of hypoxia during malaria and how these processes influence pregnancy outcome.
- Evaluation of a temperature-restricted, mucosal tuberculosis vaccine in guinea pigs.
- Impact of age and pre-existing influenza immune responses in humans receiving split inactivated influenza vaccine on the induction of the breadth of antibodies to influenza A strains.
- Broadened immunity and protective responses with emulsion-adjuvanted H5 COBRA-VLP vaccines.
- Differential roles of inflammation and apoptosis in initiation of mid-gestational abortion in malaria-infected C57BL/6 and A/J mice.
Additional publications here